Stop Fighting and Start Preventing Breast Cancer

Every 13 minutes someone dies from breast cancer. But did you know that almost 100 percent of all government and private funding supports ways to fight breast cancer rather than prevent it?
That’s right. After 30 years of research and billions of dollars spent, we still don’t know the cause of this deadly disease. And while an abundance of funding is pouring in to advance mechanical forms of fighting breast cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation, there is basically no research being administered that looks at the cause of breast cancer.

“You deserve better than this”

Don’t you think you deserve better than this? So does Dr. Northrup as she continues to devote her life work to changing these discouraging facts and teaching women about the emotional anatomy of breast cancer.

“I’ve seen women heal from everything—including breast cancer that had spread to their bones!” Dr. Northrup affirms. “In most cases, these women had the courage to release the grip of the past, feel their pain, and then chose to walk into the light of peace and joy.”

“Promote healthy breast tissue”

In her newly revised edition of The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Northrup includes the latest research on breast cancer as well as a detailed program to promote healthy breast tissue. “Like all diseases, cancer has an emotional component as well as a physical one,” she says. “There are now many scientific studies confirming the idea that our emotional style may influence both the incidence of breast cancer and our ability to recover from it.”

In The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Northrup also cites a study where, interestingly, the way in which a woman dealt with adversity was also a significant factor in whether she developed cancer. “Those who had allowed themselves to experience their grief fully when they confronted devastating losses were three times less likely to suffer from breast cancer than those who hid their emotions behind a brave face or submerged their grief in various forms of activity.”1

“Making a difference”

The good news is that there are many advocates like Dr. Northrup daring to change the statistics on breast cancer. One such group making a difference by shifting breast cancer research toward integrative medicine and preventative study is the Heal Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF). This revolutionary foundation recently honored Dr. Northrup and five other inspirational teachers and leading advocates of this groundbreaking research.

At a gala benefit hosted in February by HBCF, Dr. Northrup was lauded for her innovative approach to women’s health and wellness. She was joined by colleagues and fellow proponents to prevent breast cancer—renowned spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle, alternative medicine trailblazer Dr. Dean Ornish, What the Bleep Do We Know? producer and screenwriter William Arntz, renowned psychosocial oncologist Dr. Carl Simonton, and inspirational writer and actress Meg Ryan’s mom Susan Ryan Jordan.

The Heal Breast Cancer Foundation, which was established in 2004, is dedicated to uncovering the many breast cancer myths, raising both public awareness and the funds necessary to research the cause and healing mechanism of cancer, and helping shift the focus in healthcare to holistic prevention, pre-tumor detection, and biopsychosocial intervention. This innovative foundation, we’re proud to report, is currently supporting and conducting research in several pioneering projects, including the organ-brain connection and brain diagnostics, traumatic life events and breast cancer, and pre-tumor breast cancer prevention.

“Though the most important part of creating daily breast health is achieved through the energetic influence of self-nurturance, releasing resentments, and mutually reinforcing relationships, the health of our breasts, like that of every bodily organ, is also affected by what we eat and by other lifestyle choices.”
And as new research efforts inch closer to integrative approaches and an exploration of the mind, body, spirit, and environmental connection, a cure for breast cancer may be closer than we think. “Remember, we always have the power to create and maintain healthy breasts,” Dr. Northrup confirms.

1.Chen, C. C., et al. (1995). Adverse life events and breast cancer: Case-control study. British Medical J, 311, 1527-1530.
Last updated: August 21, 2009

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For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal.

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, "If antibiotics are right, he'll try it. If it's an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things."

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lipman is the creator of Be Well, an expanding lifestyle wellness brand he founded in 2010 to help people create, sustain and lead healthier lives.